Coronavirus help and information
Friday 15th May
We are now preparing for the process that will see the reopening of our school to more children. This will be a careful and deliberately managed process. Mr Whitehead, the Executive headteacher, has written to all parents in the Trust and I encourage you to read the letter (link below).
I have set out further details of how our school will operate when the reopening process starts below. We are constantly getting updates from the Department for Education as to how we are to organise the school and we will be guided by DfE advice to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
We have had a lot of questions around what school might look like when the reopening process begins on Monday 1st June. The answer is that it will look very different to normal schooling. The number one priority is the safety and well-being of the children and the staff in the context of Covid-19 still being present in society and therefore school will be organised in a very different way along the guidelines laid out by the Department for Education.
I have listed some of the ways that school will be structured at West Didsbury CE below:
The school reopening process will start in a phased manner from Monday 1st June. It will not be possible for all year groups to return to school at once. More details will be sent out next week.
We cannot guarantee constant social distancing of 2 metres, however, children will be in classes of no more than 15 and will not mix with any other class group throughout the day and learning will take place with the children spread out at distances from each other.
- Each class group will be taught by a teacher or a teaching assistant under the supervision of a teacher.
- There will be staggered start and end of the day times to control the flow of children into school
- There will be an increased emphasis on safety and hygiene with regular and controlled handwashing and toileting and frequent cleaning of surfaces and door handles in the rooms throughout the day.
- Children will have playtimes and a clear lunchtime but these will be staggered and within their class groups. A school lunch will be available but this may only be a sandwich lunch. This is due to our school meal provider’s own guidelines.
- Movement throughout the school will be organised to ensure the safety of children.
- Only one adult per household will be able to drop off and collect their child.
- The school will close on Friday lunchtime to allow for extra cleaning throughout the school and for staff to have their statutory preparation and assessment time in the most efficient and safe way.
- There will be a clear and age appropriate behaviour policy around complying with the safety measures that are in place.
- Unfortunately, communal events in the summer term will not be able to take place e.g. Summer fair, sports day
Should you need to self-isolate then advice on how best to do this can be found here:
The school receives regular guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education. This guidance is published at the links below:
The Department for Education has launched a helpline for young people, parents and staff to raise questions about the coronavirus outbreak:
Telephone: 0800 046 8687 (8am-6pm)
Further information will be communicated with parents via the parent app and newsletters over the coming days.